2020 Mercedes Metris Passenger vs. 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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The Metris Passenger offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Grand Caravan doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Metris Passenger’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Metris Passenger offers optional Parktronic™ to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The Metris Passenger’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Metris Passenger and the Grand Caravan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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The Metris Passenger’s corrosion warranty is 40,000 miles longer than the Grand Caravan’s (5/100,000 vs. 5/60,000).

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Metris Passenger has a standard 190-amp alternator. The Grand Caravan’s 160-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the Metris Passenger is under the seat, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Metris Passenger’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Grand Caravan’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 44 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 4 places higher in reliability than Dodge.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Metris Passenger gets better city fuel mileage than the Grand Caravan (20 city vs. 17 city).

Regenerative brakes improve the Metris Passenger’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Metris Passenger offers an optional system to automatically turn off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes Metris Passenger higher (5 out of 10) than the Dodge Grand Caravan (3). This means the Metris Passenger produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Grand Caravan every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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A seven-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes Metris Passenger, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Grand Caravan.

Tires and Wheels

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The Metris Passenger’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Grand Caravan’s standard 65 series tires.

The Metris Passenger has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your work or a trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Grand Caravan, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Mercedes Metris Passenger has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Dodge Grand Caravan has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Metris Passenger’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Metris Passenger’s wheelbase is 4.8 inches longer than on the Grand Caravan (126 inches vs. 121.2 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Metris Passenger’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Grand Caravan’s (36.4 feet vs. 39.1 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Metris Passenger offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Grand Caravan can only carry 7.

The Metris Passenger has .5 inches more front hip room, 4.4 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear hip room, .2 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.6 inches more third row headroom and 7.3 inches more third row hip room than the Grand Caravan.

Cargo Capacity

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The Metris Passenger’s cargo area provides more volume than the Grand Caravan.

Metris Passenger

Grand Caravan

Behind Third Seat

38 cubic feet

31.1 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

n/a

78.9 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

97.3 cubic feet

n/a

Max Cargo Volume

186 cubic feet

140.3 cubic feet

The Metris Passenger’s cargo area is larger than the Grand Caravan’s in almost every dimension:

Metris Passenger

Grand Caravan

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

27.5”/111.5”

24”/58.6”/98.1”

Height

52.4”

46.2”

Payload and Towing

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The Metris Passenger’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Grand Caravan’s (5000 vs. 1600 pounds).

The Metris Passenger has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Grand Caravan (1896 vs. 1540 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Metris Passenger is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Grand Caravan. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Dodge. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 66% lower rating, Dodge is ranked 27th.

Ergonomics

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The Metris Passenger’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Grand Caravan’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the front windows are left open on the Metris Passenger the driver can close them from a distance using the remote (remote must be aimed at door sensor). On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Grand Caravan can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Metris Passenger has a standard locking fuel door. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Metris Passenger’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Grand Caravan’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Metris Passenger to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Metris Passenger has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Grand Caravan has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SE Plus/SXT.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Metris Passenger, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Grand Caravan.

The Metris Passenger’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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